Aggression and leg speed the keys for Magpies

Castlemaine coach Shane Robertson.
Castlemaine coach Shane Robertson.


CASTLEMAINE coach Shane Robertson hopes the Magpies can challenge Golden Square through a mix of aggression and leg speed on Saturday.

The Magpies end their 2014 BFL season at Camp Reserve against the Bulldogs, who have a 10th-consecutive finals appearance to look forward to next week.

"We're hoping they will be a little apprehensive going into a finals series, but I'm pretty sure they won't," Robertson said on Friday.

"They will want to dot their I's and cross their T's and make sure they go into the finals with confidence. We're aware they won't want a hard, physical game, so our approach will be similar to last week in that we were very aggressive at the ball.

"We'll go in with a similar squad to last week with a lot of kids, so we'll hope that on a nice day our leg speed will be enough."

The Magpies - who have kicked consecutive scores above 100 for the first time since 2009 - are coming off a 36-point win over South Bendigo last week.

"Golden Square is a quality unit and their midfield will be very hard to control, but we've got a big day planned for the last game of the season, so we'll be working to finish off as best we can," Robertson said.

Golden Square will be without skipper Simon Rosa (calf) from the team that lost to Sandhurst by 56 points last week, while inter-league captain Jack Geary returns to take on the Magpies.


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